hansbroger wrote:Pakistan managed to cram a 125mm gun into their Al-Zarrar Type-59 MBT upgrade and I read somewhere of some Ukrainian company placing the T-80UD turret on a stretched T-62 chassis (still looking for the pic) so I mean you can fit a 125mm into the chassis.
However they probably would have gotten really good performance out of a long rod DU/tungsten penetrator with the 115mm due to a lack of autoloader dimension restrictions (It's a really long round). Also, how do we know the dear leader didn't decide to expand the chamber and boost the powder load behind that APFSDS-T? There's so much room for glorious Juche Speculation. Imo with DU penetrators the 115mm caliber gun could see performance approaching or matching that of western 120mm tungsten penetrators if the correct know-how was available.
Do you really think that the hermit kingdom would be able to design a 115mm ammo thats almost as strong as comtemporary 120mm?
Thats just complete fantasy.They are a third world hellhole that dont even have a proper industrial base.There no way they have the technical ability to build up to date penetrators.
A: Why do they have to come up with it indigenously when it can peak at whatever China buys from USSR/France/Israel which includes 120mm long rod penetrators at least as capable as DM-43? As well as the 125mm ammo it and the PRC are getting from the USSR ITF in game there's plenty to copy.
B: Their manufacturing sector is in many ways very advanced for how backwards and impoverished the country is. If they supply much of the developing world's SRBM/Rocket systems expertise why can't they make a decent APFSDS-T? Especially if they just copy it?
C: DPRK DU is best DU.
With the field guidance of the Dear Leader anything is possible. I agree and I'm sure their engineers were not originally up to the task, they know it deep down, which is why you see them get their notebooks out when the Dear Leader comes to inspect their work.
The Glorious Leader probably told them to make it longer, thicker pointier and out of DU with a larger charge behind it. Barrel wear probably sucks but does the Dear Leader actually think these tanks are going to be around long enough to wear them out?